I'm ecstatic about my recent work promotion.
The only thing is, my schedule's crazy busy and unpredictable, especially as I'm trying to navigate this new role from home. This means less time for luxuries – no more sleeping in till 8 am (ah, those were the days), or cooking up my favorite healthy meals. So, I got into the shameful habit of getting takeout most weeknights.
I wanted to make a change, so I bought into the whole meal kit trend, thinking it would help me eat healthier. But to my surprise, the boxes were just an added stress to my life.
Even though they provided the ingredients, I was always way too tired to prepare and cook dinner. So I left the box sitting there going to waste, reminding me of my unhealthy lifestyle. Feeling guilty, I decided to make serious dietary changes or I'd burn out.
That's when a co-worker told me about Splendid Spoon, a simple subscription service that sends you superfood-packed soups, smoothies, grain bowls and now noodle bowls too. I was skeptical at first that I wouldn't have time to make them, or that it wouldn't fill me up. But when I heard every meal comes ready to eat – you just microwave the soup and bowls, and the smoothies arrive ready to drink – I decided I'd try it!
Here are the main reasons why meal kits didn't work for me, but how Splendid Spoon brought convenience and health into my diet.
Limited time to use the ingredients
When signing up for a meal kit, they expect you to know which days and times are convenient for delivery. The answer is none! My schedule is so sporadic, I can't predict day-to-day calendar conflicts, let alone a week in advance.
The fresh produce in meal kits go bad so quickly, so when I don't get around to cooking all four dinners I just can't deal with the guilt of throwing food in the garbage. Splendid Spoon arrives chilled in their sealed packs, ready to pop in the fridge.
Plus, if you're super busy, their soups, grain bowls and noodles last up to a month in the freezer! All of the superfood ingredients mean that I'm getting all of the goodness and none of the waste!
Healthy? It's debatable
Meal kits are supposed to be healthy and all, but they're designed to ship across the country but still arrive to you fresh. I mean, think about it, they're probably packed with preservatives. Not to mention chemicals, sugar, and loads of salt. Splendid Spoon's meals and smoothies are vegan, gluten-free, and GMO-free.
The smoothies are designed to boost your nutritional intake, kickstart your metabolism, and satisfy hunger. I feel healthier and more energized now. Plus, their flavors are delicious. My favorite is the Strawberry Goji smoothie (Mmmm…). And now when I'm craving carbs on colder days, their noodle bowls are a perfect way to give in to my craving while still ensuring I'm giving my body all the nutrients and goodness it needs.
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Not all ingredients are edible
The (few) times I was able to cook my meal kit, there was always a rotten vegetable in the box! Once, the box was missing a vital sauce - so that night's dinner was completely ruined.
All the Splendid Spoon meals have the freshest, most natural ingredients. They do the meal planning and prep, so all I have to do is enjoy!
No portion control
Although meal kits provided ingredients and detailed recipes, I still had to measure and chop and cook and then clean up. Plus, I could never get the portion size right when every meal made 2 dinners.
But Splendid Spoon's smoothies come in their perfectly portioned bottles and all the soups, grain bowls and noodle bowls are pre-portioned into separate containers. The portions are perfect, so I no longer worry about eating too much or wasting food. For the curious, all nutritional information printed on the back.
Having a set time for meals isn't real life
I no longer eat on schedule – when I'm hungry, I eat. When you can't plan or prep your meals, kits aren't usually the most practical. With Splendid Spoon there's basically no prep, so all my meals are ready-to-eat.
No more factoring in an hour prep and cook time before I want to eat. But also no more greasy and caloric take out. Plus I can grab a smoothie while rushing out the door in the morning, or during the day if I'm getting a sugar craving.
Not only that, there are so many meals to choose from – over 50! – Moroccan Lentil, Red Curry Noodles with Sweet Potatoes & Thai Basil, Tangy Ginger Noodles with Carrots & Bell Peppers and Chickpea Harissa Tahini, to name a few.
They offer three different plans; Breakfast with 5 smoothies, Breakfast, Lunch + 1 Day Soup reset with 5 smoothies, 5 bowls, and 1 day of reset soup.
And the third plan is Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 Day Reset which includes 5 smoothies, 5 bowls, 5 noodle bowls, and 1 day of reset soups. Plus it's super flexible, you can customize your order every week and you can even pause or skip a week.
I regret falling into the meal kit trap. I was promised convenience - Instead, I got duped. But Splendid Spoon is a game-changer. It's true, not only is it convenient, it's nutritious and delicious too.
Wish your diet was healthier but don't have the time for meal prep? Time to try Splendid Spoon and make it happen.